Sen. Mitt Romney earned another round of criticism after he appeared to defend his use of a secret social media account.
The Utah Republican was mocked for his take on why he had been operating a secret Twitter account under the fake name Pierre Delecto just “to see what’s going on.”
#NEW: Sen. Mitt Romney on his secret Twitter account:
“I like what I like… I follow a lot of people as a way to keep up with the news and I, you know, followed 600 or some odd people, 700. Just a way to have a private account to see what’s going on.”pic.twitter.com/obwwy4En82
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) October 22, 2019
“I like what I like,” Romney said Monday.
“Fortunately there’s not a dislike button,” he added. “I follow a lot of people as a way to keep up with the news and I followed 600 or some odd people, 700. Just a way to have a private account to see what’s going on.”
But it seems the former 2012 GOP presidential nominee was more than just checking what was “going on” as a self-admitted “lurker,” anonymously touting himself while applauding those taking shots at President Trump.
That is kind of like calling Anthony Wiener just a voyeur.
Romney used the account to promote himself, and take anonymous swipes at people he dislikes.
— s.petry (@spetry9) October 22, 2019
Romney confirmed Sunday that he was behind the secret Twitter account which he revealed in an interview with The Atlantic. After being asked about the hashtag “IMPEACHMITTROMNEY” that Trump had launched earlier this month, Romney responded in part by noting the use of his secret account.
“I won’t give you the name of it,” he said, but “I’m following 668 people.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 21, 2019
Slate’s Ashley Feinberg soon uncovered the Twitter account, announcing that the Twitter user @qaws9876 appeared to be Romney under the name “Pierre Delecto.”
The account liked recent tweets critical of Trump and followed journalists, lawmakers, and former campaign advisers. When asked by The Atlantic later Sunday if the Pierre Delecto account was his, Romney responded: “C’est moi” — which is French for “it’s me.”
Trump took a shot at the former Massachusetts governor on Monday as he criticized Democrats at a Cabinet meeting.
“I think the Democrats fight dirty,” Trump said. “I think the Democrats are lousy politicians with lousy policy.”
“The two things they have: They’re vicious and they stick together,” he added. “They don’t have Mitt Romney in their midst. They don’t have people like that.”
Romney’s remarks in defense of his previously unknown Twitter account were met with derision and criticism.
— NeverGivingUp (@PatriotGirl71) October 22, 2019
That’s the most uncomfortable chuckle and nervous demeanor I’ve ever seen. His time is up…
— Republi4ever ✝️?? (@republi4ever1) October 22, 2019
Creepy as hell!!
— ??Laura?? (@flasunshine929) October 22, 2019
— Wook_See (@WookSee1) October 22, 2019
What a dope.
— Linda Harden ✝️ (@LindaHarden) October 22, 2019
What a pathetic loser
— Howard_In_CT ?? (@How9876543210) October 22, 2019
The moment when you realize you made the dinner reservation under “Pierre” pic.twitter.com/g8WCpNix4F
— Leeroy Jenkins (@ter070963) October 22, 2019
For crying out loud. Romney sure is a mess.
— Daniel J. White (@JDjwhite54) October 22, 2019
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